James McFadden and Steven Naismith embrace Photograph: SNS
Hammell's testimonial drew 4,512 fans yesterday and the rewards, like the goals, were shared around as Motherwell showed they could live with Everton.
Hammell made some money to reward his outstanding service to Motherwell and both sets of supporters enjoyed a decent pre-season run-out.
Testimonials turn a team event into a solo performance, to some extent, and Hammell looked predictably humble and modest as both sets of players made a guard of honour to welcome him on to the park before kick-off.
It was clearly touching for him, too, to be taken off in the closing minutes and see the Motherwell fans rise to cheer him off. A few had even brought masks with Hammell's face. Not that the man of the moment was showered in unbridled adulation, mind you.
"I thought it was a bit harsh when some of them sang 'we're only here to see McFadden'," he said later, grinning. When the supporters' eyes weren't on Hammell, or on the numerous chances both sides created in a match always played at a good tempo, they strayed to the substitutes.
McFadden was among the Motherwell reserves and there was a standing ovation for him – from the home fans, at least – when he came on after 62 minutes to play for the club for the first time since leaving in 2003. The few hundred Everton fans for whom he also played, twice, were able to resist the urge to join in the wild applause.
His lurid red boots may have been more eye-catching than anything "Faddy" managed to do with the ball, but it is a little treat to see him grace a Scottish ground and he tried to illuminate the day with a flick and touch or two.
Everton, close to full strength, had a couple of intriguing substitutes of their own. Naismith came on after 68 minutes to make his Everton debut and play his first match since suffering knee ligament damage last October.
Encouragingly, for Scotland's World Cup prospects later this year, he looked lithe and eager, almost scoring with a low shot which was saved by Lee Hollis.
Another former Rangers man, Jelavic, was spared the first half by manager David Moyes, but then came on to look predictably menacing.
Everton started as though they would mess up Hammell's big day. They quickly asserted their superiority, predictably hogging possession and moving the ball around with ease.
They had a goal to show for their first half efforts when Victor Anichebe's deep cross was headed in off the post by Shane Duffy in the 34th minute.
But the opening phase was misleading. Motherwell were a match for an Everton team clearly some way short of their touch and fitness. Chris Humphrey and Jamie Murphy caused them problems down the wings and Michael Higdon and Henrik Ojamaa were a handful in the middle. Motherwell created plenty of chances.
Their equaliser came when Nicky Law showed excellent control before smashing a terrific shot past Tim Howard nine minutes into the second half.
Adam Cummins and Simon Ramsden, a 19-year-old and a 30-year-old trialist, formed the central defence which essentially coped with Everton.
On a happy day for Hammell and the club, Motherwell's only little cloud was this: will the pair of them also be able to live with Panathinaikos in the Champions League in only nine days' time?
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